What Are RTA Psychological Assessments?

RTA Psychological Assessments are undertaken by our Psychologist to assess mental trauma following a car accident for mental damage compensation claims. Our Medico-Legal Experts are frequently asked to provide Medicolegal Reports for claimants and defendants for psychiatric injury compensation following a road traffic accident. Our psychology experts use a range of other RTA psychological methods, including RTA psychological tests, RTA neurological assessments, and RTA clinical assessments. Our psychological experts work with individuals who suffer from a wide range of emotional trauma after a car accident from post-traumatic stress disorder after a car accident to travel anxiety after a car accident.
Dr Bernard Horsford, Expert Witness Psychologist

RTA Psychological Assessments

Our psychologists deliver RTA psychological assessments for compensation for mental health conditions caused by RTA’s and provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other RTA therapeutic techniques. Our Expert Witness Psychologists deliver both face-to-face RTA psychological tests and RTA assessments online of the emotional shock after a car accident. We also carry out RTA Brain Injury Assessments for individuals who have suffered head trauma after a car accident or have been in a coma after a car accident ― to establish the causes of severe traumatic brain injury ― if somebody in a coma after a car accident may have suffered a car accident coma brain injury. How do you know if someone has brain damage following being in a coma after an RTA? One way of finding out is by neuropsychological assessments. If their condition is serious, they may also need a Mental Capacity Assessment and a Litigation Capacity Assessment.
RTA Psychological Assessment

What Do the RTA Psychological Assessments Test?

What do the RTA psychological assessments test? Our Expert Witness Psychologist uses RTA psychological assessments to evaluate the severity and validity of several psychological or psychiatric illnesses, including:

  • Anxiety;
  • Depression;
  • Phobias;
  • Traumatic brain injury;
  • Sleep disturbance;
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder;
  • Memory impairment;
  • Impairment of executive function;
  • Impairment of intelligence or loss of IQ;
  • Brain damage;
  • Personality disorder; and
  • Psychosis.

Our
Medico-legal assessments are quality assured by integrating tests of malingering and symptom exaggeration into the assessment process for the court and solicitors representing claimants and defendants. Validation of the symptoms by testing of feigning, malingering and symptom exaggeration ensures that fraudulent personal injury claims are weeded out; and valid mental injury claims have robust Medicolegal reports to ensure the defendant does not deny the personal injury claim. Our Personal Injury Psychologist at advanced assessments accepts instructions in civil and criminal, personal injury claims.

How Do I Deal with Emotional Trauma After a Car Accident?

How to deal with emotional trauma after a car accident? Many people involved in road traffic accidents suffer from emotional trauma. How to recover from trauma? People involved in car accidents often ask themselves “am I psychologically damaged?” Our expert psychologists apply RTA therapeutic techniques and administer the best RTA Assessment Methods to carry out your Mental Health Assessment.

One of the most effective treatments to help you to heal from trauma, following a car accident, is
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Advanced Assessments’ expert psychologists provide CBT both privately and through several leading private health insurance companies.


How To Know If You Have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder After A Car Accident?

Post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident is not uncommon. It may go undetected at first without a Medico-Legal Psychologist RTA psychological assessment.

What Are the Signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? (h3)

What Are the Signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

The Signs of PTSD in PTSD Car Crash Victims Include:

  • Frequent involuntary, and intrusive distressing memories of the RTA. Some children older than seven may start to play repetitively, and the aspects that they select a may act out the traumatic events.

  • There may be frequent distressing dreams in which the vision seen during the dream will be associated with the RTA

  • Some young people may have disturbing dreams that do not have content clearly linked to the RTA.

  • A PTSD car accident victim may have flashbacks or other dissociative reactions where they experience or act as if the psychological trauma encountered in the RTA is relived again. This can range from the individual having some insight that they are in the present surroundings to complete loss of insight about the surroundings they are in. Some young people may display psychological trauma, which is specific, and this may be acted out again during play.

  • Even with PTSD after a minor car accident, an individual may display heightened and extended mental trauma at external or internal symbols that represent something about the RTA.

  • The PTSD car crash victim may also exhibit strong physiological reactions in response to cues in the environment or in the person's mind that trigger the memories of the RTA.

There may be prolonged and consistent avoidance of triggers or items linked to the RTA such as cars or riding in vehicles, and this will be confirmed by any or both factors:

  1. Avoidance or attempts to avoid traumatic memories, thoughts or feelings related to or associated with the traumatic RTA.
  2. The individual may attempt to stay away from triggers in the external environment, which stimulate trauma, flashbacks, emotions, thoughts or feelings linked to the traumatic RTA.
  3. There may be unhelpful and harmful changes in thinking, cognition and emotion linked to the RTA that started or became more severe after the RTA as indicated by at least two of the following factors:
  4. Difficulty in being able to recall a crucial part of the traumatic RTA due to dissociative amnesia and not as a result of medication, drugs, or brain injury.
  5. Repeated beliefs that are blown out of proportion or views about yourself or other people or society such as “I am not worthy,” “you cannot trust anybody,” or “everyone in society is dangerous.”
  6. Altered or distorted thinking. Alternatively, changed or distorted cognitions linked to the consequences or causation of the traumatic RTA. This altered cognitions or distorted thinking results in the PTSD car crash victim blaming themselves or others. The PTSD car accident trauma is likely to impact on the person that suffered psychologically following an RTA in many other ways.
  7. Persistent low moods, unhelpful emotions and negative emotional states such as being frightened horrified angry guilty or feeling ashamed.
  8. A marked reduction in things that one used to enjoy or be interested in. A significant decrease in being involved in meaningful activities.
  9. The individual often feels detached or distant or estranged from other people.
  10. The RTA accident victim is continuously unable to feel emotions that are positive. For example, an individual is unable to be happy, to be loving or show satisfaction.

Unhelpful reactions and arousal linked to the traumatic RTA around the time of the RTA or shortly afterwards, as demonstrated by at least two of the following:

  1. Irritability outbursts that are angry without provocation or with minimal provocation. These are often shown in angry verbal or physical outbursts towards people or things.
  2. Destructive or reckless activity.
  3. Hyper-vigilance.
  4. Heightened or exaggerated startle reactions.
  5. Difficulty concentrating.
  6. The RTA PTSD victims may have difficulty sleeping; unsatisfying sleep; or insomnia.

The symptoms referred to above must have been in existence for more than a month. Furthermore, the symptoms result in marked distress or difficulties in occupational, social or other important areas of the individual’s functioning.

The symptoms displayed by the individual who has had the RTA cannot be accounted for by the effects of medication drugs or alcohol or another medical condition.

Following assessment, our team of
Medico-Legal Psychologists will specify whether the individual has PTSD with dissociative symptoms, which may include derealisation: the psychological state where the individual frequently experiences the environment in a surreal or dreamlike state. They may additionally or alternatively show signs of depersonalisation in which they often experience feeling outside of themselves or in a dream; or that things are moving extremely slow.

Our expert psychologist RTA psychological assessments specify if the expression of the PTSD was delayed for six months or more after the RTA, so that all PTSD car accident compensation is correctly claimed.

How Much Compensation for Psychological Damage?

It is important to ask how much compensation for psychological damage will be awarded to decide whether it is worth bringing a claim.

Psychiatric Damage Compensation

Mental trauma compensation can broadly be broken down into five levels

5 Levels of Mental Trauma Compensation

How much compensation for anxiety after a car accident the individual may receive, therefore, depends on the severity of the anxiety suffered. Car accident anxiety compensation can also be affected by whether the
Anxiety was a pre-existing condition. Additionally, it may be reduced if there were events in the individual’s life distinct from the RTA, which caused anxiety. Likewise, compensation for Depression after a car accident will be affected by whether the depression is solely attributable to the RTA or whether there were separate events in the claimant’s life that contributed to the depression.

Level 1: Psychological Trauma

Level 1: Psychological trauma, which can be described as having no long-term adverse effect on the individual's life, compensation will typically be awarded at a rate of somewhere between £1,000 and £1,200.

Level 2: Psychological Trauma

Level 2: Mental trauma following a car accident where the prognosis is reasonably favourable, and the effect of the RTA on the individual's life can be described as moderate. They are likely to receive somewhere between £4,000 to £13,000 for their psychological injuries.

Level 3: Psychological Trauma

Level 3: The victim of the RTA has suffered mental injuries that will result in enduring mental dysfunction to the person's personality and/or life ― these psychiatric injuries are likely to be classified as moderately severe psychological trauma. It is important to note that this trauma may be treatable, but may still leave long-term psychiatric injury.

Level 4: Psychological Trauma

Level 4: The level of psychiatric injury compensation is likely to amount to £36,00 to £83,000 for a psychological injury that is deemed to have an impact on the RTA claimant’s private and work life. The mental trauma is considered to be impossible or extremely difficult to eliminate even with extensive long-term psychological therapy.

Level 5: Psychological Trauma

Where the emotional shock after the car accident is diagnosed as PTSD, then the amount of compensation for mental health problems could vary from a few thousand pounds to well over £100,000.

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